Pet Semetary was my first King novel....that was about two years ago. I wanted something to read for Halloween, so I went to the library and decided on an SK book and chose Pet Semetary. Well, besides being chilled to the bone by the story, I also knew I found my favorite author. Once you read one SK book, it is impossible not to read another. After that, I had to go buy his books to have in my own mini library.
The first book I read was The Shining, followed by Pet Semetary, The Tommyknockers and IT. The Tommyknockers and IT were somewhat hair-raising, but I became hooked quite quickly. Stephen King is the Master of horror and suspense.
I remember being about 8 years old and my mother was an avid King reader. They were neatly placed on the third shelf down on the bookshelf, right under the many volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica. I would take them out and look at them and read the dust covers as best I could until one day I just had to open one up and see why these books were so interesting to her and why she was always reading one. I chose Cujo as my first read I think because I had remembered asking my mom what the book was about once and she said it was about a big dog. Well, I had a dog so I figured this book was right up my alley. Now as graphic as that book was and as vivid as my imagination was (even then) I simply could not put the book down. I had to sneak it into my room that evening just so I could read more. The next morning was no relief because I ended up taking the book to school with me and reading it on the bus, during class, throughout lunch until finally it was taken away shortly after recess and my mother was called and informed of my "inappropriate" reading materials. At that time they also called my mother to a meeting in which it was suggested that I be put on something to keep my attention on my coursework rather than reading fiction during class. My mother told them she would take it under advisement and also get my physicians opinion. My physician told my mother I was merely not challenged enough and that was my problem not that my attention was elsewhere. I simply would finish and look for something else to do which became reading. Instead of punishing me for taking her book, a book that was in addition not one that I should have been reading, she gave it back and told me to finish it and then write her a report telling her what I thought of the book. Needless to say I was hooked on SK after that and all those reports definitely encouraged my love for writing.
Thanks for checking out how I got into Mr. King's works!
I've meant to post to this thread and I am sadden that it slipped by me for so long. I am a self-teacher and have been all my life. I just started reading with ease at an early age --was told that I started walking at six months. Reading words with ease just seem to come to me. As I got older there were words that were hard, but I learn those words. I learned a lot of things from reading. The first story I read by myself was about a little hen . . .and she was trying to make some bread . . . can't remember all of it --this post just brought it to mind, but I do remember thinking hard on trying to help her make that bread. I also remember that with the help of the other animals she managed to make that bread and I could taste it. I just knew it was some good bread.
Hmmm . . .gonna see if I can find that story . . .
As I got older I wanted more and it lead me to Stephen. I remember reading Carrie --I'd never read such things in my life. I liked it and was amazed that someone could write such things. I was hooked. Still am.
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Was it The Little Red Hen?
"You've been here before, but things are about to change. I know it. I feel it. There's a storm on the way." -- Stephen King